The clitoris may look like a weird little nub in front of a woman’s vagina, but it’s much, MUCH more powerful than its humble appearance. (To anyone who has a clitoris, or who’s ever touched one, you may have an idea what we’re talking about.)
While women (and men!) don’t doubt how awesome a clitoris is (hello, orgasm!), there’s probably a lot you don’t know about it. Here are five magnificently wonderful facts about the clitoris that will make you even more proud to own one (or be in the presence of one) than you ever were before.
1. The clitoris has a whopping 8,000 (!!!) sensitive nerve endings. To put that in perspective, that’s DOUBLE the amount on the glans (the tip) of the penis. (Sorry, dudes.)
2. Most women can’t climax with vaginal intercourse alone. According to the book The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex, approximately 50 to 75 percent of women who can achieve orgasms by clitoral stimulation can’t orgasm during intercourse without a little help from their clitoris friend.
3. The external clitoris (the part you can see) is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the clitoris is inside a woman’s body (it’s called the internal clitoris); it’s three to four inches long and hugs the vaginal opening. It’s wishbone-shaped with two bulbs on each side, and it’s made of erectile tissue.
And that brings us to …
4. Yes, women can get “erections” too. When a woman is turned on, the internal clitoris engorges with blood and expands, causing an erection.
5. The clitoris’ sole purpose is to bring a woman pleasure. A woman’s clitoris is purely a sensory organ, designed to bring a woman joy. (Thank you, clitoris, for existing.)
Ready to put your clitoris to work? Here are sexy, healthy reasons to have more orgasms.
Don’t worry, men, we didn’t forget about you: Here’s why ejacualting more frequently may lower your risk of prostate cancer.
Now that’s a great way to finish.